Fans of singing sensation Jenni Rivera voiced their grief at her loss on Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites. The artist herself was an avid user of Twitter with 1, 894,888 followers. She maintained close contact with her fans, friends and family through tweets. One of her last, posted on December 9, was in response to director and television actor Javier Estrella, thanking him for posting a picture of them together.
— Jenni Rivera (@jennirivera) December 9, 2012
Many expressed their sorrow that they would miss out on the music of the songstress, who sold over 15 million records and rose to the top of the male-dominated norteñas and bandas genre.
Just thinking that we’ll never hear new music from Jenni Rivera again or that i’ll never be able to see her live…. It’s just too much….
— milk (@drownedkitten) December 10, 2012
— Teresa Gutierrez (@Mz_Peligroza) December 10, 2012
Born on July 2, 1969 in Westwood, California, Rivera began her singing career in the mid-90s and grew to global fame in the early 2000s. Several tweeters noted that their parents grew up with Rivera’s music.
Dads been playing jenni rivera all day since he woke up at 6
— ricky bobby(@GabbyyGuerrero) December 10, 2012
Mi papa escuchando música de Jenni Rivera a todo volumen :’)
— MarianaCabrera:) ∞ (@MarianaLagunasC) December 10, 2012
— Shazia Avila (@shaziaGRRR) December 10, 2012
Fans who attended the concerts of Rivera wrote of her intimate interactions with the audience. She filled shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the México Auditorio Nacional and would often pull audience members on stage.
— -ILoveYouChiquitin♥ (@flakisboo_21) December 9, 2012
To think I met her, I held her hand, she handed me her mic, shes tweeted me, Ive looked up to her. & just suddenly shes gone. @jennirivera
— . (@Yeszyy_x3) December 10, 2012
Con su primer vestuario twitter.com/AbyGza/status/…
— Myriam Garza (@AbyGza) December 10, 2012
Others remembered the empowering message Rivera delivered to young men and women through her music and advocacy work. The 43-year-old often sang of overcoming heartbreak and was frank about her personal troubles including surviving domestic abuse. Her organization, the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, offered support to battered women and single mothers.
i can easily say i learned a lot from you, you always stayed strong and did your thing con amor, i will always admire you, @jennirivera ❤
R.I.P. @jennirivera you left this world proving to all women that we could be strong no matter what. ❤ Gone, but never forgotten.
— Andrea (@AndreaTBarker) December 10, 2012
— Jessica Rodriguez (@lupitahrodri) December 10, 2012